Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Because I know you want to know random facts about Michele, I am going to give you some (Sad what a girl will do to avoid doing laundry).

1. I can not get into a bed that is not made. In fact, I have gone as far as waking Brad up to make the bed, so I could get in it. If the covers are not straighten and perfect, I am not getting in it.

2. I can not sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door. So if we are on vacation and the door is on the side of the bed I sleep on, I have to switch. Now there is an exception to that rule - if I am alone, then I have to sleep on the side of the bed by the door.

3. I loathe frogs. I hate all things about frogs. I would rather a spider crawl on me than a frog. Hate. Them.

4. I love eating raw potatoes with vinegar and lots of salt (So it is no surprise that I like salt and vinegar chips. LOL).

5. If I had the money, I would get multiple plastic surgeries.

6. I wish Brad would grow a burly beard.

7. I am sarcastic by nature. I know some have a problem with that. However, I don't see how sarcasm is any worse than arrogance. So there.

8. After we bring Willa home, I would love to pursue a domestic adoption. I really feel like there is a little African American boy out there that belongs to me. Shhhh don't tell Brad though.

9. I miss my family. I miss having my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins close by. I am sad that my kids are growing up without that closeness.

10. I don't like new music. I only want to listen to music that I am familiar with. I hate when Brad makes me listen to new music. I play the same cd's over and over (currently Third Day, Tenth Avenue North and Casting Crowns).

11. I love boiled peanuts and I think I am going to go fix some. I always keep some frozen in my freezer.

12. I am a very proud South Carolinian. Charleston is just in my blood.  And even though my children were born in a different state, they too, are South Carolinians. That's just the way it is.

13. I would sell everything I own and move to China. I love China. I love the Chinese people. I love the culture. I left my heart there in July. And once Willa is home, I hope to make an annual mission trip back to China.

14. I feel cheated that I don't live in Cinderella Castle. Of course, I realize that completely contradicts random fact number 13. However this is my blog and I can contradict myself if I want to.

15. I can't wait to talk to certain people in heaven (obviously, besides Jesus). Here is my list:

Martin Luther King, Jr.
the thief that hung next to Jesus on the cross
Esther from the bible
Ronald Reagan
my sweet pa pa

16. I love the Golden Girls. I can't help it. I just do. Dorothy is me in the old age, I think.

17. I love the smell of the marsh.

18. I could eat Chinese, Mexican, and fried chicken everyday for the rest of my life.

19. I never regret eloping. Best decision ever.

20. I wish I had a better relationship with certain family members. I know I have made mistakes that hurt them, but if they were willing to completely put our differences and past aside, I would be so very excited. I hate missing out on their lives.

OK... that's all. I know this post wasn't very exciting. But I accomplished what I set out to do... the laundry is still piled up. Now it's just too late.  LOL!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Here we go (again)... China will release a new list tomorrow night. My agency emailed on Friday to let us know. The list will release around 8 pm tomorrow (8am in China). My family coordinator said that *if* we were to receive a match (oh lord, please let it be!!), she would call us late tomorrow night.

Here is my issue - I want my baby. Ok, besides that... This roller coaster is killing me. The week of the list is always brutal for me. Just the up and down of it all. The anticipation of getting "the call", to not actually getting a call, then waiting for Thursday to possibly getting a call for a re-released file, to not getting a call then either. It's too much. Did I mention that I don't do roller coasters? Not even at Disney World. I am a "It's a Small World" ride kind of gal. On my craziest day, I may throw in Pirates of the Caribbean, but you know that part in the beginning of that ride that dips (drops?) you down a little? Yeah, I always have a knot in my tummy waiting for that part. That is all the thrill I need, thankyouverymuch.  So this roller coaster that I am currently on? NOT my idea of a good time.

I do have to say that these last few weeks, I have been pretty relaxed about the whole thing. I sort of knew deep down that we weren't getting a call from the April list. I just had a hunch. So when the call never came, I wasn't surprised. I don't have any hunches this time. Actually, in April I kind of felt like May would be our month. Now I don't necessarily feel that way. I am really numb about the whole thing. 

We are really needing to be matched this summer in order to travel by the end of the year. We are desperately counting on that tax refund to help with the finances. If we travel after January 1, 2012, the refund will become a credit. A tax credit doesn't help us. I know that probably sounds terrible and I don't mean it that way. We are just really hopeful that we travel in time to qualify. That would be a huge burden lifted.  If we don't, I don't know what we will do.

Will you please pray for us? There is a lot up in the air but the bottom line... I just want my baby. To see her face. To know her name and where she is from.  

Saturday, May 14, 2011


This. Cracks. Me. Up!

Monday, May 2, 2011


I got a ladies apparel catalog in the mail today. Let me just share some of the gems from the catalog:

I am genuinely concerned! What does this mean? When did this happen? 

When did I cross over? When did I become so old that I get these type of catalogs? Well I can tell you, I don't like it. I don't like it one bit.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


We have been so blessed by people that have wanted to help us raise money! Our Baby Bobo fundraiser finished up yesterday. I am not sure how much we raised there yet. I'll let you know later. Thanks so much to Ashley for offering to help us!

This month, we are having a Tastefully Simple party! The party itself will be May 14th, 11am in the church fellowship hall for those that are local. For those that are not, you can place an order online. If you go to Tastefully Simple - you can choose to browse their products. Once you are done, you go to your shopping cart. Under your total on the right hand side, you will "Your Host or Event". You click the red Find Host button, and it will take you to a place to add my name. If you don't know my last name, and you would like to place an order, leave a comment with your email. I will send it to you! 

If you have never had any Tastefully Simple products, let me tell you- they are delicious! I can tell you that I have never tasted anything that wasn't awesome. The Key Lime Cheese Ball is my favorite!! Everything is very easy to make, and it is super quick!

Also just for fun, I am going to be raffling off The Perfect Ten!

The Perfect Ten is 10 of the best selling Tastefully Simple products! Here is a list of what is included (be sure to click each item listed. It will take you to a product description):

Doesn't that list make you hungry??? I am seriously tempted to go get the Nana's Apple Cake Mix out of the basket and bake it! UGH! The temptation is going to kill me!

Raffle tickets are only $1!! If want a chance to win this basket of yummy food, you can use my donate button on the side bar or you can just give me a $1 when you see me, and I will be sure to include your name in the drawing! To increase your chances of winning, feel free to buy more tickets! Each $1 donated will buy you an entry!

The drawing will be held Saturday morning, May 14th, at the Tastefully Simple party! If you win and you are not local, I will get it in the mail to you as soon as possible! If you win, and you notice the Nana's Apple Cake Mix is missing... well, just know I caved. 

WOO HOO! Also, thanks to Linda Greene who so graciously offered to help us with this fundraiser!